Information about our holdings

Curatorial Areas

Early Books and Manuscripts (pre 1500)

The General Collection of Early Books and Manuscripts includes Greek and Roman papyri, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, Near-Eastern manuscripts, and historical archives of English and Italian families. Continue to the full guide for this collection.

Early Modern Books and Manuscripts (1500 to 1800)

The Beinecke’s early modern British and European collections contain materials in print and manuscript from 1500 to 1800.  Continue to the full guide for this collection.

Modern Books and Manuscripts (post 1800)

The General Collection of Modern Books and Papers is particularly strong in English literature and history from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, continental European literature and history, books related to travel and exploration, and newspapers, especially British serials of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  Continue to the full guide for this collection.

American Literature

The Collection of American Literature is noted for its bibliographical strength in nineteenth-and early twentieth-century writings.   Continue to the full guide for this collection.

Western Americana

The Collection of Western Americana consists of books, manuscripts, maps, art, prints, photographs, and printed ephemera which document the exploration, settlement, and development of the Trans-Mississippi West through World War I. Continue to the full guide for this collection.

German Literature

The German Literature Collection contains rare books and first editions from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century.   Continue to the full guide for this collection.

Osborn Collection

The Osborn Collection consists of English literary and historical manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and on English poetry. Continue to the full guide for this collection.

Music in the Beinecke

Although it represents a numerically small proportion of the Beinecke Library's some three-quarters of a million printed books and millions of manuscripts, music has recently come to represent a more and more significant part of the collections.  Continue to the full guide for this collection.

Many of the essays that follow describe the collections of the Beinecke Library are online versions of chapters from The Beinecke Library of Yale University, published by the library in 2003 to mark its 40th anniversary. The printed version is distributed by Yale University Press. Illustrated with photographs by Ezra Stoller, Richard Cheek, and Stan Godlewski, the book version also includes essays by Barbara Shailor, former director of the library; by Patrick L. Pinnell on the Beinecke building; and by Marjorie G. Wynne, Edwin J. Beinecke Research Librarian, retired, on the opening of the Beinecke Library in 1963.



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